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IBS Sufferers: I'm Going to Try this FODMAP Diet for my IBS

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I providentally ran across this information about a diet found to be effective for sufferers of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), which I have had pretty much all of my life but was only diagnosed in my mid-30's. I am also lactose intolerant, so having bouts of diarrhea or constipation are common, even with Beano and Lactose enzyme supplements. My worst symptom is gas, and distended stomach (even when I was slender) and that has been a daily problem.

However, I recently began to notice that I seemed to also experience extreme gas when I had a lot of carbohydrate, especially with whole grain products, and with Soy products. Soy is basically a bean, so that's no surprise, but the seeming wheat was a surprise to me. Then I ran across a video from Dr. Samid who appears on several major networks (NBC and now regularly on FOX that I know of) mentioning the success of this FODMAP diet for IBS. I especially eliminates all wheat products. I had been enthusiastically using whole grains to get much of my fiber to help improve the constipation problem (along with lots of water) and even a prebiotic organic acacia fiber for IBS sufferers by Heather's tummy fibers (she has a great blog, too, and recipes).

This is going to add a little more stress to my meal planning as I am just getting back to tackling my weight loss after gaining back a bunch of weight over the past year and a half. And I'm going to miss some of my favorite foods. But the indication is that within 6 to 8 weeks I should see definite improvement, so I know I can do this if I double-down, and still maintain my healthy eating and weight loss diet.

For anyone interested, check out a couple of good explanations of FODMAP at the following sites or do your own searches.

If anyone else has tried this, I would love to hear of your experiences and results.

Linda, the Beach Sandpiper (the active plumpish one)


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MILPAM3 5/31/2014 10:49PM

  I'm definitely looking into those web sites at the beginning of the week. Distended tummy problems here, too.

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Slow & Steady

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It takes a while getting back, but my logging has helped and I am losing just over a pound a week. Long way to go just to get back to where I fell off the wagon, but I see steady progress and body changes only apparent to me but I think of those things when I get discouraged and tired.

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NELLIEC 5/30/2014 3:53PM

    It is nice to have steady progress. Those body changes are signals of health!

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CHRISTINEBWD 5/30/2014 12:04AM

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Another Year Older & Hope Wiser and More Healthy

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I hit a milestone year yesterday, and last year was very eventful. For a long time I have known the knee surgeries were coming and kept putting them off and now it is a relief to have them done, though the healing seems so slow and painful. I am off pain medication except at night for my back as needed, but the knees continue to stay stiff whenever I'm not up and active and yet I tire a lot when I am.

Went to Walmart to get some home rehab equipment but didn't find what I need, I heard that TJ Maxx has some of the Exercise Balls and other equipment much cheaper than the sporting foods stores.

I attended my first aqua aerobics class, though I can't yet participate in all the exercises, I do something. It is nice to see my friends and be nearly weightless and work in the water. I am getting to be terrible about doing my home exercises, I just feel so tired. I cut back on my iron pills (I was on 3 325mg pills a day) to only one as they wreak havoc on my digestive system and regularity.

Almost all of my bruises are gone now from the surgeries and the constant blood thinner shots they gave me twice a day.

Now I have lots of Thank You notes to write and bills to pay and have a special box to hold the multiple surgery billing notices that arrive daily. So much paperwork!

I also have a CD with the description of each surgery and a copy of the "after" x-rays but it is in Apple format and so I can't read it on my PC. My regular doctor says she can't read it either but will keep it for reference if there is any need to read it in the future.

Thanks to all of you who have kept me in your prayers.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/14/2013 6:09AM

    Dropping by a whole month later and hoping yr tiredness has been rested away and your new knees are working out for you.

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SENIMMO 1/27/2013 11:03AM

    I know what you mean about it feeling like it takes forever to heal! With all the cold and snow, I am SO stiff I can barely move if I stay still for more than a half hour. And I don't have the energy to keep going for more than an hour or two at a time, so it's a real catch22!

But, we'll get through it! And by next year we are going to feel great!
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PATTYKLAVER 1/15/2013 7:45AM

    I'm glad you're starting to feel better and getting out and about. Good luck to you.

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KERRYG155 1/13/2013 6:47PM

    Glad you're feeling better and getting out and about. You'll gradually start being able to do more and more in the water and it will feel SOOOO good!

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LESLEYANNE11 1/13/2013 6:34PM

    I wish you all the best love.This year will the best ever. I hope you stay well.
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Home for Christmas and Begin Outpatient PT New Years Eve

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Me --- emoticon
So happy to be home with Hubby & Pinky. Pink treated walker like I was in a cage so it worked well to keep her from bowling me over. In Her excitement. Now I either use cane or nothing to get around the house though my knees are still stiff in the mornings or after prolonged sitting or napping.

I wondered why I stayed so tired but am still anemic from blood loss from both surgeries and also got Shingles.

I have the most terrific therapist just what I need as he knows just how much to push for a little more and yet keep me from overdoing.

I am soooo happy I finally did this. More later.... emoticon

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SENIMMO 12/31/2012 7:44PM

    YAY! Home for Christmas is awesome for you! I am so glad things are going well for you. I got new pain meds this evening, so I'm hoping to have my pain under control within the next 24 hours. Once that's under control, I can work harder on my therapy. Have a wonderful new year! emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/31/2012 4:01PM

    It is great that you got home for Christmas! Also it is great that the walker did protect you!

Certainly anemia is a good reason to feel tired!

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May get to go home Wed. or Thurs.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Haven't found out release date yet but am doing everything requested. Annxious to become less dependent on others and return to some semblance of normalcy!
Still tire easily but exercises become easier.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/24/2012 5:40PM

    Bets wishes for a complete and speedy recovery. What a lot you have been through this year.

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SENIMMO 12/24/2012 6:34AM

    Looks like you may be getting out as I am going in :-) I will be getting my second one later today (Christmas eve) so } wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a speedy recovery in the new year! God bless, my friend! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 12/21/2012 9:17AM

    Get better soon.

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PATTYKLAVER 12/20/2012 8:55AM

    Sending hugs and well wishes.

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PMFISH 12/19/2012 12:11AM

    Wow, you have had quite an ordeal. Sounds like you are doing great for that amount of work you have had done. Once ever thing is healed you will forget a lot of the time it took you to heal. I was down for almost 6 years and it is hard to remember being so helpless. Not fun. Make sure you have some one at home if you need help for at least a couple of days. Merry Christmas.

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BEBOP4ME 12/18/2012 7:14PM

    I know the feeling. I had a partial knee replacement exactly 4 weeks ago. Because of swelling, you will need to be dependent on others a lot longer. My at home PT told me to think of my knee as a baby. If the knee is screaming or swelling, drop everything and rest and ice it. The more you feel up to doing, the more it seems to swell, but only because you are on it longer.

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NELLIEC 12/18/2012 3:06PM

    I am thinking that as you build up strength, things will become easier!

May God bless you!!!

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